Vuelve Carolina – Quique Dacosta’s Gastro-Bistro in Valencia

When in Valencia, one has the opportunity to dive into the cuisine of Quique Dacosta, without a doubt the most acclaimed chef of the region – especially since he finally managed to achieve a well-deserved third star for his flagship restaurant in Denia (in between Valencia and Alicante) for which he’s been waiting far too long. His gastronomic bistro Vuelve Carolina is located in the center of  Valencia and offers high end bistro and tapas cuisine. It is a laid back place where beer on tap goes side by side with fine wine and where people go both for ordering several course menus as well as quick tapas bites. Quique Dacosta manages to put his personal stamp on quite a few traditional tapas dishes, but also offers modern creative cuisine based on fine-dining ingredients. Another important thing to know ans probably a must-try: There are always a few “arroz” dishes on the menu. As Quique Dacosta is also known as a master for arroz, the typical rice dishes of the region, one can expect quite some tasty things there. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy New Year 2012! Back on with the family Christmas meal


Pre-Christmas test-dish. Scallops carpaccio on white risotto with Périgord-truffle.

Finally back online in 2012 and there’s lots to report still from the last 10 days of 2011. But first of all: a Happy New Year to all friends and readers, with lots of  health, love and success! I hope you all had a good start with chilled wine and loud fireworks, I certainly did. My instant thought was that this is the first year ever where the numbers actually sound good, right? TWENTY-TWELVE ! First time in my life also such an unusual thought is crossing my mind, I swear. So 2012 just has to become a great year and maybe a great wine vintage as well.

But now back to 2011 for a few posts. I think I stopped blogging a day before Christmas. So let’s pick it up there with the Christmas dinner I cooked together with my brother and parents. Read the rest of this entry »

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